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Year 4

Our fantastic Year 4 topics cover a wealth of exciting learning journeys that the children will love to engage in.

Firstly, the children will take a journey to America as we learn through ‘Road Trip USA’. The next half term takes a wizardly twist as we test out strange concoctions in our ‘Potions’ topic. We will look back over history later in the year with our topics of ‘Traders and Raiders’ and ‘1066’. With a science focus in ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’ and a music focus in ‘Playlist’…What isn’t to like!

Mathematics is taught using the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme, which embraces the love for practical learning. From this, the children will see themselves as mathematicians and can apply their skills more readily in reasoning and problem-solving. Each lesson has many parts, allowing the children time to discuss and develop methods and skills to solve questions. This development results in a greater depth of mathematical understanding and ability to reason with their methods.

English will be taught in a number of strands that marry together in the children’s writing. Each week the children will be given spellings that support their learning within English at a Year 4 level. During the week, the children will have discrete grammar and punctuation lessons that they can apply in their writing. Engaging stimuli from our topic, or topic-based texts, are used to create writing genres for the children to apply their skills in a real life context.

Reading in Year 4 is taught daily to focus on deepening their reading understanding. A range of stimuli will be used to engage the children to apply their reading skills, such as inference, deduction and justifying their answers or opinions. All children in Key Stage 2 read for 20 minutes a day and have the opportunity to quiz on their book and change their book based on their achieved level.

What their teacher says:

I am absolutely delighted to begin my journey at Sacriston Academy with Year 4. This is an exciting year and I can’t wait to see our hard-work blossom in the classroom.
Mr Ratton

What our children say:

"I love learning about different types of writing." (Jayden) "Maths No Problem is the best! (Leo) "This year I really want to improve my handwriting." (Imogen)

The summer term

This term, our topic is ‘Road Trip USA’. We will look at cities such as New York in detail, exploring all the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. From looking at the history of Native America to booking a room in a hotel, we can’t wait to explore every inch of the good old US of A! 

In the second half of the summer term, our attention will turn to ‘Traders and Raiders’. Here, we will be sailing back to the Dark Ages where fear and tyranny reigned. We will look at the everyday lives of Saxons and Vikings. From making weapons to recreating intricate patterns, we can’t wait to shine a light on the deadly Dark Ages.

A range of stimulating and topic-based texts are used to teach English. Reading and studying various genres, including diary entries, provide a basis for children to develop their writing skills and imagination alongside improving their spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary. 

Reading is taught using a range of texts and stimuli. Books, images and video clips are used with the children to develop a range of skills required as a reader. Discussion and questions enable children to think uniquely about why texts are structured in particular ways and how and why writers make specific language choices. In addition, after lunchtime, children have the opportunity to ‘Read and Relax’ where they will quiz on the ‘Accelerated Reader’ books that they have read.

In mathematics. we use a scheme called ‘Maths No Problem’, which builds children’s mathematical skills alongside their fluency, reasoning and problem-solving. There are many parts to the lesson, allowing time for children to discuss and develop a range of methods to solve questions and achieve a greater depth of mathematical understanding.